Should you wax your car regularly?

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Waxing a car can be an additional step to one’s vehicle cleaning routine, plus an added expense, but is this really necessary? What are the benefits of waxing a car, if any?

Hub Auto Parts enumerated five reasons why every car owner should include car waxing in his vehicle maintenance routine. Topping their list of reasons to wax a car is the added layer of protection to the car’s interior.

“Even if you have a new car with a clearcoat paint job, exposure to the elements can gradually break down that protective layer and leave the surface of your vehicle subject to eventual damage from UV radiation, insects, road debris, road salt and other sources. When you wax your car regularly, you’re essentially adding another layer of protection to the expensive factory clear coating. Rather than impacting this transparent paint, various sources of potential damage will impact the wax, instead. Since you can easily restore the wax layer as needed, your car’s clearcoat paint remains intact for as long as possible.”

Find out about the four other reasons to wax a car here.

Protection for the car

Third Party Service Ratings website Angie’s List meantime shared an article that explained about the benefits of waxing a vehicle. In the said article, it also explained what could possibly happen if a car owner omits this practice in his car maintenance routine.

“Our research team recently interviewed highly rated auto detailers, who said that failing to occasionally apply wax or another protectant to your car’s exterior finish can lead to the breakdown of the clear coat that protects the paint. That, in turn, can expose the paint to damage from oxidation, road salt and other factors. Detailers say that the manufacturer-applied clear coat itself could use the protective boost from wax or other protectants or sealants, such as polymer or Teflon. The idea is to provide a “sacrificial layer” to take abuse that might otherwise damage the clear coat. In addition, properly applied wax can cover small scratches or light blemishes.”

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Popular Mechanics meantime came up with a guide for vehicle owners on how to properly wax their car.

“Apply car wax using a clean buffer pad. Spread it evenly, gently pulsing the trigger of the buffer (instead of keeping the buffer turned on continuously). This will ensure that the wax doesn’t cake on the surface. Cover one-quarter of the panel at a time before removing the wax. Some waxes will require a set time before removal, so refer to the directions on the bottle. Use a microfiber cloth to remove the wax, using circular motions to achieve a high gloss.”

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Waxing a car indeed goes beyond aesthetics.

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